Hello, everyone! This is an idea I've been thinking about since I first joined this site a few months ago. This post, however, was sparked by my recent contribution of Salt Man, particularly the interest thenewgreen, elizabeth, and others showed in it.
New users to Hubski - like uh_oh right now - often find the site hard to navigate and even harder to find their way into the community. I've seen the friends at a bar metaphor thrown around several times. It's a lovely characterization of the community atmosphere here. And it's gotten me thinking about a friend system where older users make it a priority to get to know new members by following them, giving them feedback, and generally showing them around the place.
It's likely that some want to log on, enjoy their drink, and not be bothered. That's how I was at first, but I'm sure there are other lurkers who'd love to commit more time if they knew they'd be considered seriously. On the other side, there are several of you who seem to have a gift for introducing and making people at ease.
It's just an idea, but I'd like to know your opinions on it.